Rich field recording soundscapes combined with creepily dark ambient drones.
Content warning: this album could be the soundtrack to a yet to be released dark pyscho thriller playing in the woods Norway or Canada. Suspense, excellent use of string instruments from bass to violin make this an experience to behold. Best served with headphones late at night. Shivers guaranteed! And the obligatory reminder: if you like what they give away for free, consider supporting the artist financially (e.g. via Bandcamp).
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Essential dark folk compilation. And a massive one with 48 splendid tracks.
In case you are not perfectly familiar with the darker corners of folk music, give this compilation a try to whet your appetite. The tracks range from cinematic western soundtrack over blue rock to melancholic folklore, in other words: quite versatile for a genre that I otherwise would consider rather narrowly defined.
Continue reading “Various Artists –  The End”
Electronic noise something. Odd saw wave sounds over irregular beats.
“Not fun, but effective.” That’s the note I made to myself when adding this release from Portuguese netlabel Enough Records to my review queue. This 5 track EP is from the “power noise” genre, so do not expect Disco, but industrial sounds. Continue reading “Edgeist –  Septentrion”
Dark ambient drones. Clearly experimental two-track EP, delivering dark soundscapes direct to your brain.
If you have occasions where “proper music” would be too distracting, but “proper silence” to silent or boring, really ambient music, based mainly on long, drawn out ambient sounds, also called drones, fill a very handy niche. This representative of that genre adds a little rhythm to spice things up, and the end result sounds like you could read The Call of Cthulhu to it. Continue reading “SEA OF ÅLAND –  Extended Play One”
Fat psy-tech compilation. Tiny speakers need not apply 😉
Netlabel Digital Diamonds celebrates its tenth birthday. The artists mainly produce psychadelic techno and trance. This celebratory compilation features 10 remixes of noteworthy tracks. Continue reading “Various Artists –  Digital Decade”
Cinematic electro grandeur. Located somewhere between movie trailer oomph and ambient big beat electro, there is a small Flatpad EP. Only four tracks long, it covers 30 minutes with unusual yet tasty tunes. Fat bass lines and thick beats reign supreme, but vocal samples and synth pads create some ambience. Continue reading “Point –  Flatpad EP”
80’s Pop with New Wave. Having proven their disco-suitability with their previous release (review of The Easton Ellises –  EP One) at netlabel Enough Records, this sequel comes as a pleasant surprise. Without deviating from the success recipe, this EP delivers danceable music by truck. Continue reading “The Easton Ellises –  EP Two”
Not conventional music for not conventional people is the tagline of Hunter Netlabel, specialising in electronic ambient music. This week’s release is from artist Tearsfallen: atmospheric, space movie soundtrack. It also reminds me a bit of the soundtrack of the Portal video game series. Cold and technique ambient sounds-capes, well stirred by urging drum patterns. Cinematic in structure, this release is great for nightly commutes. Continue reading “Tearsfallen –  A Deeper Sense of Nothingness”
Take 80’s Pop, add New Wave à la Poni Hoax, stir and serve on a dimly lit dance floor. That’s a rough verbal description of the début release of The Easton Ellises at Enough Records.
Five distinct songs with catchy riffs and great production are packed into this twenty minute long EP. Read on for a preview of two tracks to get you started. Continue reading “The Easton Ellises –  EP One”